Book Reviews

Humans of New York

Humans of New York did not result from a flash of inspiration. Instead, it grew from five years of experimenting, tinkering, and messing up. The author Brandon said that if he had waited until he had the idea for HONY, he would never begun HONY.

HONY represented an effort to photograph thousands of people on the streets of New York City - 10,000, to be exact. The book includes some quotes and stories but largely it represents the photographic origins of HONY.

Humans of New York

"I hated God for a long time."

Humans of New York

“I’m just waiting for summer.”

Humans of New York

“He wants to go home.”

Humans of New York

“I try to spew my thoughts for ten minutes everyday.”

Humans of New York

"I’m always checking the Wikipedia pages of my idols to see where they were at my age."

Humans of New York

"This is my neighbor. She only speaks Mandarin, so we’ve never had a conversation. But she’s brought me a handful of candy every day for 20 years."

Humans of New York

"Young children are in direct contact with reality. They experience the world through their senses. But as people grow older, we start thinking too much, and we form an ‘idea of reality.’ We lose contact with reality itself, because reality isn’t an idea… it’s reality. Luckily there’s LSD."

Humans of New York

“When you yell at someone, who hears it more: you or them? You’re only hurting yourself by getting angry. I want to live to be 100. I haven’t raised my voice in 40 years.”